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Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers Hardcover – Deckle Edge, October 1, 2009
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These two books are companion pieces of East and West, especially attractive to readers like me who appreciate reality being cogently and elegantly expressed by social activists and are not ideologues but thoughtful and compassionate human beings who sincerely work to make a difference in the area where they live: for Roy, India; for Hogan, Latin America. They both bring us news of a real world and the demise of democracy on the altar of progress. As Ed Abbey once wrote, "Unlimited growth has the etiology of the cancer cell. Its ultimate goal is the destruction of its host."
She says that today's democracies, under the current the stewardship, have fused with the free markets, into a single predatory organism with a thin, constricted imagination that revolves almost entirely around the idea of Maximizing Profit.
She refers to her India as the world's largest demon-crazy(as a Kashmiri protester once put it).
In today's privitized global march, freedom means choice, nothing to do with the human spirit, but alot to do wuth different brands of deoderant. Justice has to do with human rights(and of those, as they say, a few will do).Read more ›
Political parties such as Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena, and the Bharatiya Janata Party are pushing their extreme rightwing agenda upon the general populace, and Arundhati Roy's essays emphatically thrust this issue to the surface, calling for immediate action. The main point she makes throughout this book is if India continues its political/sociological backslide; then democracy (mob-rule) as they perceive it will metastasize "into something dangerous," which means it will become a Failed State.
Most of the time when we contemplate on what a Failed State is we think of countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Somalia, we rarely look at countries such as India. Roy compares what's happening to Muslims and other groups in India to the 1915 Armenian genocide orchestrated by the Ottoman Turkic in Anatolia. The Armenians were the largest Christian minority living under their rule at the time.Read more ›
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Arundhati Roy continues to enlighten and inform on all issues of importance to me and many others Her writing is exquisite!. Read morePublished 16 months ago by junella haynes
A real disappointment. This book was not nearly as interesting as some of her other books. It would have been nice if she had discussed India's "issues" in the more global... Read morePublished 22 months ago by minajay
I had read The God of Small Things when it was released and had a taste for her style of writing. After a while you get used to it though. Read morePublished on May 18, 2012 by Abhilash Nambiar
Read this book and A Feast For Lambs with group. I just couldn't believe the picture of India I was reading in this book. Read morePublished on December 8, 2011 by Chris
This is a well-written book with references (newspaper articles, news reports, published reports) that check out. Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by Anil Shankar
If you think you care about India , do yourself a favor and read this book by India's Noam Chomsky.Published on September 5, 2010 by Express
Avoid this like plague! Stay away from it and gain some mental peace
I was aghast after reading this rambling of a delusional woman whose world view filled with... Read more
see the world as it is being used,
not the PR we get from some news programs
A collection of essays on behind the screen happenings of the largest democracy on earth!. Its worth a reading, whether you believe in or not in what Arundhathi say. Read morePublished on June 7, 2010 by P. Divakaran